ALASKA hiker injured by GRIZZLY ~ ILLINOIS resident diagnosed with HANTAVIRUS ~ PENNSYLVANIA finds WEST NILE VIRUS in dead CROW ~ TRAVEL WARNINGS: PERU reports LEPTOSPIROSIS outbreak.

Grizzly. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Alaska 05/12/12 by Christine Kim & Abby Hancock – Anchorage police say an Eagle River man was hiking about 3/4 of a mile off of Eagle River Road on Saturday, not far from his home, when a bear attacked him. Police say Howard Meyer, 57, told officers he saw first saw the large brown bear about 50 feet away from him. He tried to run from it, but then tripped and fell, according to Lt. Dave Parker. The bear then swatted Meyer a few times and took off. After the short attack, Parker says Meyer called APD with his cell phone. Meyer made his way down the mountain and eventually connected up with responding officers. “This is the time of year we want people to be aware but to be connected- take that cell phone. In this case, that really helped out a lot, being able to finally get together and get him the medical help that he needed,” said Parker. Meyer was taken to Providence hospital with scalp wounds and claw marks on his body, where he is still recovering. Police said however, the injuries are not life threatening.

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

Illinois 05/11/12 The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday evening that an Iroquois County resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The syndrome is a disease spread by rodents, according to the report. The Iroquois County resident first showed symptoms in late April after cleaning out a structure where rodents were seen and was hospitalized in May with fever and shortness of breath. The person is recovering after being released from the hospital. – For complete article see

Pennsylvania 05/13/12 Millcreek, Huntingdon County: A dead crow found in Millcreek on May 4 is the county’s first confirmed case of West Nile Virus this year.- See

Travel Warnings:

Peru 05/11/12 Flooding has caused an outbreak of leptospirosis in Peru, especially in the Loreto region. This is the worst flooding seen in this area for over 20 years. Peru has reported more than 300 cases and 3 deaths associated with leptospirosis thus far in 2012. Health authorities have alerted people to take precautions against the infection. Leptospirosis is a disease that is spread by animal urine. People become infected with the disease when they come in contact with body fluids of infected animals or in contact with water, soil, or food contaminated with infected urine. Leptospirosis is a hazard for many people who work outdoors or with animals. The disease has also been associated with swimming, wading, kayaking, and rafting in contaminated lakes and rivers.  – For more information see


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